David Kamin wonders how, in a community with so many veterans, a ceremony honoring vets could be so sparsely attended.

Veterans Day. It's over in 2019.


But after witnessing the paltry attendance at the Beal Veterans Day ceremony, I couldn't help but wonder why. In a community where military veterans abound, the best we could muster was a couple of hundred folks.


I thought to myself, what could possibly be the reason? According to Pew institute statistics, in the last decade less than 1% of Americans are on active duty in the Armed Forces. Further, historically, only 7% of the American populace ever served in the Armed Forces.


So, the fruits of the majority have been provided by the small minority that choose to serve their country, in whatever capacity they could. But I guess that most Americans can't understand the toll "service" to country takes on the individual and his/her family that tries to keep the family stable during the military members' absence.


As a 30-year military veteran, I am disappointed in the apathy displayed by my fellow "Americans."


David Kamin, Fort Walton Beach